LONDON (AP) — About a third of women worldwide have been physically or
sexually assaulted by a former or current partner, according to the first major
review of violence against women.
In a series of papers released on Thursday by the World Health Organization
and others, experts estimated nearly 40 percent of women killed worldwide were
slain by an intimate partner and that being assaulted by a partner was the most
common kind of violence experienced by women.
"Violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,"
WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said in a statement.